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The Park Record editorial, July 10-13, 2010

Bear with Bonanza project; it will be worth the hassles

Anyone who has lived in a major metropolis knows that once you learn your way around, a city is just a big patchwork of diverse small towns. And one of the true joys of becoming a bona fide local is discovering the unique offerings that each has to offer.

Park City’s Bonanza Park district is a perfect example of one of those off-the-beaten-path hubs, strewn with cafes and shops frequented, mostly, by savvy locals. One by one, enthusiastic small-business owners have staked claims along Sidewinder, Prospector, Iron Horse and Bonanza Drive. The area used to be dominated by a lumberyard but now, in the area once referred to as NOMA, for its location ‘North of Main,’ one can find bistros, bakeries, boutiques, galleries, accountants, doctors, therapists, car mechanics, natural food, bikes and skis, furniture (both new and used), Mexican groceries and a Laundromat.

The burgeoning district, however, has experienced some growing pains due, in part, to its growing popularity. Its thoroughfares, originally intended to streamline traffic headed to the resorts, were not designed for browsing and biking. As a result, turning onto or off of Bonanza Drive requires nerves of steel and no small measure of patience. Combine the new businesses and nonstop traffic with cyclists, city buses, school kids and construction vehicles, and it is clear that the reconstruction effort, now underway, is essential.

As with most ambitious projects (the reconstruction calls for new turning lanes, comprehensive landscaping, a trailhead and a pedestrian tunnel), there will be several weeks of upheaval and inconvenience. The area merchants understand that and have come up with a creative array of incentives to keep their hard-won customers coming back despite the dust. We hope you will take advantage of those offers and will continue to support them despite the orange cones and noise.

In the midst of construction, it is sometimes hard to keep the end in sight. Now that the backhoes have begun ripping up the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive, it might help to recall the old two-lane S.R. 224 and the three years it took to turn it into a handsome expressway capable of handling Olympic sized crowds.

The businesses in Bonanza Park have become essential to Park City. Once the current project is complete, their neighborhood will be an inviting corridor both for those who are just traveling through and those who want to stop and stay awhile. For more information about the project log on to: http://bonanzadrive.com/


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